For the Edinburgh filmgoer, the release of the latest Filmhouse programme is an event in itself, a glimpse into a strange future where old and new cinema merge into a menagerie of magical moments (other cinemas programmes are available…).
First up (for me at least) is the long-awaited (by me at least) screening of The Sargossa Manuscript on 15 and 16 March, postponed the other month due to the fire in Screen One. There was a big fuss about this release around January time, including a promise from The Guardian that “it’s enough to make you crazy” – can’t wait.
Also of interest is The Conformist, another film I’ve not seen but that I really feel I must, especially after The Guardian again sang it and it’s director, Bernardo Bertolucci’s, praises last week. I like to think the paper doesn’t control all my cinema choices, but it’s good to get a bit of guidance once in a while. It’s on from Friday 28 March until Thursday 3 April.
The Round-Up is screening on Wednesday 19 March, a Hungarian film from 1966 that follows the violance occuring after the failed Hungarian revolution. The film will be introduced by Miklós Jancsó, who will participate in a post-film discussion with broadcaster, filmmaker and film historian Mark Cousins.
Elsewhere there are tributes being screened to Roy Scheider (Jaws, Sunday 23 March), Heath Ledger (in Candy on Wednesday 26 March, recently screened by Film4, this will stay with you for a long time) and Suzanne Pleschette (The Birds Sunday 23 March. As an aside, I’m currently trying to catch up on my DVDs of Ms Pleschette’s 1970s sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and am looking forward to seeing her away from that apartment block).
Two other items that stand out are the French Film Festival (Friday 7 to Thursday 20 March), with two films starring the superb Mathieu Amalric (I’m trying to see him in as much as possible before he turns up in Quantum of Solace) and the Print the Legend (Monday 3 to Monday 28 March) season of classic Westerns.
Mosey on over to the Filmhouse website to find out about everything I’ve not mentioned…but before you go here’s a trailer for Jaws that you probably won’t be seeing at the cinema…